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December 11, 2017:
Captain Morgan checked-in this week to say that the first snow fall of the season coupled with dropping air and water temperatures really ramped up the local trout fishing. The TMA's and WTMA's generated some solid action and the snowfall didn't seem to deter angler effort. He said that even the broodstock salmon areas saw an increase in activity. Striped are still being found in the Sound, but most of the action—especially for better fish—is being found in the key tidal rivers of the state. Cod trips, perhaps with a few black sea bass thrown in, are starting to get the attention of fishers who are now gearing up to head east. For you convenience, the shop will be open 7 days a week thru the Holidays and beyond.

Previous Reports

  • December 4, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said that the last push for tautog brought out the trailer army before the seasonal closure on 12717. Success varied depending on guessing the 'hot' depth over the weekend. Some fishers were able to score in shallower waters while most tog-pullers were better off in depths over 35 feet. Holdover stripers have not let up, especially by the key lower tidal rivers and some a bit farther out found on the Sound's inshore reefs. Trout waters (TMA's, WTMA's) have been producing now that the temps dropped; the same holding true for the broodstock Atlantic salmon although, catch vs effort has been favoring more effort. The shop remains open 7 days through the holidays.

  • November 27, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said that blackfishing still remains solid in the Sound as boaters look to sneak out a few more fish before the season closes on December 7. While most of the better fish have moved out deep, a few are still being caught as shallow as 8 feet. Striper action remains hot with fish up to about 36 inches being caught in the lower tidal rivers. The TMA's are producing good trout action while the Shetucket remains a good bet for Atlantic salmon with that season opening to a 1-fish per day bag limit on December 1. The shop remains open 7 days per week for all your Holiday shopping and winter gear repair needs

  • November 20, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said he had some people on Sunday morning despite the driving rain and wind—they were headed to the beach to look for striper action. The weather has been tough this week but the guys chasing blackfish have been doing pretty well fishing a little deeper. School stripers are still in thick along the beach and running up into the tidal rivers, there are keepers in the mix. Out around Faulkners, when you can get out there, there are some bigger bass. Sea bass can still be found, you just have to fish very deep water. There are even a few porgies holding out. For the freshwater guys, trout stocking is done and the fishing has been very good. Don't neglect the Shetucket salmon run either.

  • November 13, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said the local anglers fished right through the cold snap without stopping. Bass action has been very good along the beaches from Madison to Branford. Porgies are thinning out a bit but they are still there if you want to target them. Sea bass are moving deep, but can be caught if you put in the time. Blackfishing has been good but lots and lots of shorts, the guys that sticking it out are being rewarded with some nice fish. Albies are still popping up around the Thimbles and off the Branford shoreline. Trout stocking is pretty much all done in the TMA's and the action has been good. The Shetucket has been decent for salmon as well. The Blue Plan initiative is hoping to work with local anglers regarding local regulations and marine mapping. They will be holding a webinar on November 21st at 7 p.m. Google "Blue Plan Webinar" for more information or send an email to .

Captain Morgan's Bait & Tackle
21 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
phone: 203-245-8665

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